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Relive history by taking to the skies with History Flight, Inc.-- a 501c3 Non-Profit foundation committed
to keeping World War II aviation history alive
by operating three of the most important aircraft
of WWII and offering clients the chance to actually
fly aboard a B-25 bomber or actually fly the AT-6
or N2S Stearman under the guidance of our certified
flight instructors. No piloting experience required!
All proceeds from
our flights go directly to fund our ongoing
research and recovery expeditions
dedicated to bringing our Missing in Action servicemen
home from their burial sites in remote battlefields
of WWII. To date, History Flight, Inc. has helped
locate graves of over 200 MIAs from
locations in the Pacific Theater.
We invite you to explore our site and learn more about our activities and how you can join us to preserve the past!
off to a great start!
On Memorial Day, History Flight is
pleased to announce the repatriation of at least
40 USMC individuals recovered by the History
team (a team comprising both American and I Kiribati
members) in excavation work conducted between January
and May 2014. History Flight congratulates and
team members and supporters, our friends at the
Department of Defense from the Second Marine Division,
Veterans from the Second Marine Division Association,
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, DPMO, and
MarForPac. Way to go, everyone!
Barnstorming Tour Dates...
still working on our
2014 Barnstorming Tour schedule.
All year long,
though, we'll be continuing to provide
rides in the AT-6 Texan and N2S Stearman
the DeLand, Florida Municipal Airport. Check
the schedule for information and
to book flights.
Here are a
few photos from our recently completed trip to Tarawa
with six survivors of that horriffic battle:
Team photo with vets at a Tarawa excavation site. May
The six Tarawa veterans who
came with us to New Zealand and Tarawa.
Behind them, the Second Marine Division
Honor Guard, the JPAC team
to fly the remains we recovered
back to The USA. 11 May 2014.
The honor guard, C130 crew, and History Flight team
leader SGT Glenn Prentice (left)
at the repatriation
ceremony on 11 May 2014.
The JPAC honor guard bringing the transfer case to the
C-130 on 11 May 2014.
MIA Search Summary
Although 2014 is shaping up to be better
than 2013, 2013 was the best year ever for History
Flight's MIA Search and Recovery program. The 1.35
million dollars that we raised and spent on MIA search
and recovery operations in Europe and the Pacific paid
some handsome dividends.
with our friends at the 99th Division MIA Project and
the Missing Aircrew research and Recovery team,
History Flight teams found and surveyed with remote
sensing methodologies, 35 US MIA loss sites in The
Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium. Many of these
sites are slated for excavation in 2014 and will result
in more US MIA recoveries.
One of the 2013 Tarawa teams.
Working with our friends and contract partners at
Del Cuerto and Associates, Archaeo-Geophysical Associates,
Arborland Land Consultants, The Joint POW/MIA Accounting
Command, Pan-American Archaeological Consultants, Lindenwood
University and an incredible group of volunteers and
paid consultants, History Flight opened an office in
early 2013 on Betio Island on the Tarawa Atoll to support
our nine-year project to recover the missing Marines
from the battle of Tarawa.
History Flight's Tarawa
History Flight operated full-time excavation activity
on Tarawa for the entire year of 2013. The field work
was highly rewarding. The team recovered at least 61
American individuals, and many Japanese individuals
were also recovered. These remains were turned over
to our friends at JPAC on several occasions in 2013.
is the fourth C-130 that the DOD has sent
to repatriate American Remains found by History Flight.
Two JPAC teams also performed recovery operations
on sites that History Flight discovered on Tarawa in
2013, resulting in quality recovery of American Remains.
A number of our 2013 MIA recoveries have identifications
pending and will be announced this year. These identifications
were accomplished by JPAC in a very timely fashion.
Two American MIAs from our finds in 2012 were also
identified by JPAC in an impressively short time, and
they were interred at the wish of their next of kin
1st Lt Robert Fenstermacher
was interred at Arlington
CBS News also
did a story on our recovery efforts. History Flight feels that while their coverage on our
organization was very positive, their casting of our
relationship with JPAC in a competitive light was not
accurate or fair. Please refer to our public comment
on this subject below the news story:
2014 is already off to an outstanding start: we have
recovered at least 25 American individuals, and this
number is rising every day of our full-time field work.
We intend to operate full-time recovery work for all
costs us about $8,000 a day to run full-time recovery
When FDR founded the March of Dimes project that successfully
eradicated Polio, he asked everyone in America to send
the campaign a dime. While every public building in
America has a POW/MIA flag flying over it, the government
doesn't support the History Flight project, and only
a very select group of private citizens do. For the
cost of a six-pack of beer or a bag of potato chips.
you could help make the difference for the families
of missing service members who have never had proper
resources devoted to their case to fund their recovery.
Click here to donate a dollar—it'll
make you feel good!
MIA Search Summary
2012 was a great year for our privately
funded all-volunteer MIA search efforts. History Flight
ran seven different search teams in the Pacific and
in Europe and funded thousands of hours of research.
Excavations at three of our sites were brought to completion
with our partners in the 99th Division MIA project,
The Missing Aircrew
Research and Recovery team, The Air War Study
Group Rhine/Mosel, and our friends at The Joint POW/MIA
Accounting Command, remains of MIA crewmembers
of a B-26 bomber and a P-47 fighter were recovered
in Europe. Here are the reports:
The remains of a number
of missing US Marines were recovered from sites
that History Flight search teams located on Tarawa
Atoll, by a crack team of experts from the DOD's Joint
POW/MIA Accounting Command. Our six-year effort
to find missing Marines on Tarawa has cost
over $650,000, 12,000-plus volunteer man hours,
and personal hardship for dedicated team members,
but it has continually shown positive results. The
photo below was taken at a fall 2012 repatriation ceremony
on Tarawa, during which a transfer
case containing recovered remains was respectfully
loaded aboard a waiting C-130 for the trip back to
U.S. soil. It wasn't such a great distance across
the tarmac - but that distance spanned 69 years of
time since November 1943, when the promise was made
to bring Tarawa's fallen Marines home...
The hand-lettered sign
pictured below was placed at the main Tarawa cemetery
in November 1943 by Capt
Donald L. Jackson, USMC, as surviving Marines prepared
to move westward with the fleet and continue the
Pacific theater. Read the words carefully, and you'll
better understand why we continue to pursue not only
the lost graves of Tarawa, but those of fallen heroes
To you, who lie within this coral soil
We, who remain, pay tribute of a pledge
That dying, thou shalt surely not
Have died in vain.
That when again bright morning
dyes the sky
And waving fronds above shall
touch the rain
We give you this - that in those
We will remember
We lived and fought together - thou
And sought to keep the flick'ring torch
That all our loved ones might forever
The blessed warmth exceeding fire and
The everlasting scourge of bondsman's
Liberty and Light
When we with loving hands laid back
That was for moments short to couch
We did not bid a last and sad farewell
But only "Rest ye well."
Then with this humble, heartfelt
That pays thy many virtues small acclaim
We marked this spot and murm'ring
requiem, moved on to westward
Rest, warriors, rest
Against the day of journeying forth
Tender hands shall lift thee out
To home soil waiting.
Here's where you'll find
an album of photos from various History Flight MIA-search
missions conducted during 2012:
We would like to congratulate everyone who
participated in and contributed to this important work
on a job well done. 2012 was a great year for these recoveries and 2013
is going to
be even better. Way to go, everyone!
of giving someone a gift of flight during 2014? It's
not necessary for the recipient to be a pilot to have
kind of fun, but you'll definitely enjoy this story
about a recipient who richly deserved it: